ECD practitioners exploring creative fingerpaint
The Ibhabhathane Community Centre embarked on its first
creative workshop with practitioners and child minders from across the Early
Childhood Development sector in the Grahamstown area, Eastern Cape, South
Africa, on Tuesday, September 10th.
Red and yellow finger paint was smeared across plastic
covered tables. Fingers and objects were used to create rich gestures in the thick paint.
Great was the moment when papers where placed over the rich textural planes and
pulled off to reveal a print of the markings below.
Such a simple exercise but a FIRST for each of the more than
20 Early Childhood Development practitioners attending the workshop!
The reason here for is that most of the Early Years Centres
in the area have no or very little resources and very few practitioners are
In order to deliver a quality ECD service it is
imperative that those who have skills and training share it with others who
don’t. It has long been proven that the most critical phase of human
development is from a birth to school going age. The activities or programmes
we engage children in during this time will build the foundation for formal
learning. It is therefore imperative that we ensure our children are given
opportunities to engage in activities that will provide blocks for a strong
foundation in a holistic way, and increase their chance to enjoy a successful
The workshops we offer are voluntary and receives no
government subsidy. Your donation, however small or big, will assist us in
building ECD practitioners’ capacity in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
We thank you for the interest you have shown and taking the
time to consider our project.
Our sincere thanks and kindest regards
A first print....